NumbersAlive! Discovery Pack voted Top Learning Tool for Kids with ADHD

May 10th, 2017


The Best Toys for Children with ADD/ADHD

10 Experts Share Their Advice & Recommendations

Chaos and toys in an ADHD playroom

We all have trouble focusing at times, some more so than others. Those of us with ADD/ADHD children know the true meaning of “focus issues.” In our journey to find some natural solutions to attention deficit, we’ve run into all sorts of “advice.” There are “best gadgets” to promote focusing, all-natural techniques, and natural remedies.

Specifically, during our search for toys, we realized that most articles were simply compiling lists of toys that seemed like they would be good for children with ADD/ADHD. Are they really? Is the fidget toy craze just a fad? Is there science, research, or experience to back up any of these claims?

So, we talked with 10 ADD/ADHD and toy experts to share their advice and their best toy recommendations for ADHD children.

How To Choose Toys For Kids With ADD/ADHD

Here’s what Julianne Miller, a special educational needs consultant from the UK, told us about choosing an engaging toy.

Children with ADHD are known as ‘stim-seekers'; they seek high stimulation engagement, which is why video games have always been a favorite. For a parent who is looking to diversify, a toy needs to be stimulating – and by this, I mean that the toy stimulates the senses.


ADHD kid running around with toysFor a child with hyperactivity as part of an attention deficit, look to sensory toys. Sensory toys have a greater-than-average response to impact – being hit, pulled, bit, punched will yield a big response.

For a child with attention issues that are internalized, any imaginary play set will enable the child to have a rich imaginative experience. It is important to remember that ADD and ADHD are both attention difficulties but have different needs.

Engaging Their Interest

“Children with ADHD abhor boredom,” said Terry Matlen, MSW, “So toys geared towards them need to engage their interest, curiosity, and creativity, while helping with offering an outlet for their hyperactivity.”

Hello Numbers Discovery Pack

In response to parent and teacher request for foundational math learning tools, I developed the Hello Numbers Discovery Pack. Numbers are presented as fun and friendly characters.

The pack includes a set of small numbers (4.5” each, embroidered with count dots on the back and magnets in their “heads” to construct multi-digit numbers in a line), Hello Numbers book with a decoder and stickers, free Hello Numbers tablet app, and original songs sung by each number 0-9. The decoder of the book works on the app.

It all comes bundled in a backpack suitable for a young child to carry.

The combined Hello Numbers Discovery Pack has been named the Best Pre-School Numerical Literacy program by Jo Booth of Teachers with Apps, received a top Brain Award, and received a rare 5-star rating from the Educational App Store (UK).

Klemm says that, “Many kindergartens use the product now and we are beginning to reach out to pre-schools. We have shipped from our own site to parents all over the globe. We have received many responses that their children (boys and girls), as well as parents of autistic children, children with ADHD, ‘gifted’ children, and children with other special needs that their children ‘love the numbers and associated activities and products.'”

To see the other products voted as best ADHD learning tools, check out the Homeschool Base website:

Continent Discontent

Here’s a question you probably think you know the answer to:

How many continents are there on the planet earth?

For generations of Americans, the answer is simple: seven. The list of continents includes Asia, Africa, North America, South America, Europe, Australia and Antarctica.

But, before you assume this blog post is done, consider this: Some geographers disagree with that number, and instead choose to count Europe and Asia as one mass of land labeled Eurasia.  And, in other parts of the world, children are taught there are only five continents: Eurasia, Australia, Africa, Antarctica and the Americas.

To confuse you even further, researchers recently made the argument that a large mass of land completely submerged under water – and part of New Zealand – qualifies as a continent and should be recognized as such.

All this continent discontent might make you want to throw your geography book out the window, but it certainly shines a spotlight on the question, “what counts as a continent?”

Exactly What IS a Continent?

Good question.

Although one accepted characterization of a continent maintains it is a large, continuous mass of land, bigger than an island and separated on all sides by water, that classification is somewhat arbitrary, which is why Greenland is considered an island, but Australia – only a couple more million km in size – is considered a continent.

In fact, by that definition, many purists believe there are only four continents – since Europe and Asia are part of one land mass, Asia and Africa are joined by an isthmus, as are the two Americas – which would just leave Australia and Antarctica.

The reason much of the world can’t agree is that there is no one definition of what makes up a continent. Some accepted factors beyond the physical attributes include distinctive flora and fauna, cultural uniqueness – and even local agreement on continental status, which I suppose means that if you believe it, it’s so!

Too Much on Your Plate

As a math-minded person, I find it difficult to define physical structures by cultural differences, so as a last resort –what about how continents relate to the tectonic plates beneath them? Surely, there must be an alignment there.

Tectonic plates are the earth’s rocky outer crust and they continue to drift, ever so slowly, across the surface of the globe. This accepted theory of continental drift explains Pangea – one super continent that began breaking up 175 million years ago into the modern configuration of continents we know today.

But, if we look at the location of the continents over these plates, we’ll realize that while Europe and Asia mostly share one plate, the Americas are separated and the country of India shares a plate with Australia. Greenland and the Philippines each have their own plates – although neither is defined as a continent today.

The only concept that becomes clear here is that depending where you are, who you are and WHEN you were – you may have a very different opinion on the total of continents.  And, here we thought numbers was a definitive subject!

Inspired Giving with NumbersAlive!


Take a page from Lyra Mag this holiday and help give kids the most creative celebration ever.

Lyra Magazine has identified NumbersAlive!’s fabulously fun STEM toys and games as “Giftsperation” for the year.

Among our many award-winning products, the feature highlights The Hello Numbers Discovery Pack for special attention. The multi-sensory pack includes “friendly plush numbers, plus the Hello Numbers book and music cd (for ages up to 9)… with, of course, an app creating multiple pathways to foundational numeracy.”

Check out the “Giftsperation” Guide for fun product images and other great gift ideas.

Exercise Muscle and Mind Together: Roll, Count, Move! Makes the 2016 Fitness Gift Guide


Macaroni Kid says, “Roll, Count, Move! is perfect for your preschooler and anyone learning to count.”

Get the whole family up from the couch this holiday with this 2016 Creative Child Preferred Choice Awardee. Roll a plush ball and practice counting by performing the action pictured on one of the linked pentagonal cards. Kids are creative, too, so encourage them to devise their own games to play with the ball and cards!

As Macaroni Kids reminds, you’re never too old to play. “While great for younger kids, [Roll, Count, Move!] is really something the whole family can enjoy.”

Order yours today!

Check out the Roll, Count, Move! review on the Macaroni Kid gift guide.

The 12 Notes of Christmas Makes the List of Top Holiday Entertaining Recommendations


The Bellingham Herald and The Scramento Bee agree: The 12 Notes of Christmas sets you on the way to a unique holiday party.

The 12 Notes of Christmas is a mashup of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night and the song The Twelve Days of Christmas. Following the opening line of Twelfth Night, “If music be the food of love, play on,” 0 meets Shakespeare on the introductory Day (Christmas Day) to find out about the 400th anniversary and plans a celebration with the rest of the numbers. They travel the world for the next 12 days to create the ultimate holiday band to serenade Shakespeare on Jan 6 (Twelfth night) in the Globe Theater by playing the Twelve Days of Christmas with the instruments they collect. Each instrument has a numeric link (i.e. Day 1 is the didgeridoo in Australia and Day 5 is Temple Blocks from Asia that come in sets of 5). A map of the world tracks the journey from day to day.

Erin Davis writes:

During each of the connected videos, guests of all ages will learn about instruments, holiday celebrations and food from around the world. Each episode opens and closes with a curtain to remind all of Shakespeare as a master playwright.

Order your copy today!

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